After two victories from the first three races of the season, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is no longer looking good in the fight for the world title in summer. He is 34 points behind in the Canadian Grand Prix, having lost 80 points to Max Verstappen in just five races. Now the declaration of war!
Despite the current crisis at Ferrari, Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc is persistently dreaming of the world title this year. "I want to be world champion, I will believe in it until it is no longer mathematically possible. I will never give up, that has always been my mentality," said the Monegasque in an interview with the Roman daily "La Repubblica".
After Baku's double failure, the team had to "understand the problems," said Leclerc: "We've been hit hard lately. It's not an easy moment, but that doesn't change my motivation." He has "confidence in this team and once the problems are solved there is speed and power," added the 24-year-old.
Leclerc, who is driving for the Scuderia for the fourth year, perceives the emotionality in the environment to be of little help. There is "too much positive when things go well and too much negative when they go wrong. We have to find a balance," he said.
He said he was "better prepared" than ever for his World Cup dream this year: "In the simulator and in the pre-season tests, I tried a lot of things that might not make sense, but I didn't want to neglect anything and for the first race to be as ready as possible, I wanted to be there and give it my all. It was worth it."
After two victories in the first three races of the season, Leclerc initially led the world championship with aplomb. In the last five Grand Prix, however, he lost a whopping 80 points to world champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) of the same age. Leclerc is 34 points behind the Dutchman on Sunday (8 p.m. CEST/Sky and in the live ticker on ntv.de) at the Canadian Grand Prix.